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Tesla Says Fatal Autopilot Crash Is Not Their Fault

Tesla Says Fatal Autopilot Crash Is Not Their Fault

On Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board revoked Tesla's status as a party in its investigation because the company violated an agreement prohibiting the release of investigative information to the public before the completion of a final report on the crash.

The dispute between the safety agency and auto maker stems from statements the company made regarding Walter Huang, a 38-year-old who died last month in his Model X using the driver-assistance system known as Autopilot.

"Releases of incomplete information often lead to speculation and incorrect assumptions about the probable cause of a crash", the agency said in its statement. Tesla previously said that the electric car's autopilot function was activated seconds before the crash and blamed the incident on driver error in a March 30 blog post and a subsequent statement.

Walter Huang, 38, was killed in the collision while Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot system was engaged.

In response to inquiries about Huang's family hiring a lawyer to sue the company, Tesla said in a statement to KGO-TV Tuesday that Huang was likely at fault for the crash. Tesla has given suppliers scant details about the program and had not provided a production time frame, but has now indicated the vehicle would begin to be built at its Fremont, California, plant in November of next year, the two sources with knowledge of the supply chain said. Tesla said that "even though we won't be a formal party, we will continue to provide technical assistance to the NTSB". We don't believe this is right and we will be making an official complaint to Congress. The NTSB guards the integrity of its investigations closely, demanding that participants adhere to rules about what information they can release and their expected cooperation.

Back in July, we reported that Tesla has been working on revamping its maps and navigation system with its own maps using new open source modules from MapBox and Valhalla.

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Elon Musk's smart auto manufacturing company has been officially removed from the investigation into the fatal crash.

Tesla cars require drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel and warn them if they don't.

Tesla said Thursday it will no longer participate in a United States probe of a fatal crash after disagreeing with officials over public disclosures about the investigation.

The NTSB also encouraged Tesla and other automakers to "limit the use of automated vehicle control systems to those conditions for which they were designed".

Tesla is no longer part of the probe into the fatal accident, according to a statement the company released this week.

An NTSB spokesman declined to respond to Tesla's comments. It also revoked the party status of both the Independent Pilots Association and UPS during an investigation into the crash of a UPS flight in Alabama in 2014. It was published in 2016, ten years after Tesla's original Master Plan, which previewed the subsequent launches of the Model S, Model X and Model 3, as well as its solar power products. "The company said vehicle logs from the accident showed no action had been taken by (the driver) before the crash and that he had received warnings to put his hands on the wheel". The outlet also said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also eventually launched its own investigation.

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